All I've ever seen at my stores from YoCrunch are yogurt cups that either have fruit, nuts or candy mixed in with regular yogurt. On a recent trip to Kroger, I saw something different with their new Yopa! line of products as they are now messing with their traditional formula as they are now incorporating Greek yogurt as the base to go along with the nuts. I guess it was only a matter of time before this happened though since Greek yogurt is taking over the world. The Greek economy, on the other hand, that's a different story. Anyway, this 5.3 ounce cup of YoCrunch Yopa! Vanilla Toasted Almonds Greek Yogurt was on sale for $1.00. Each cup is made up of 110 calories of Greek yogurt and 90 calories of toasted almonds. The total package is a hefty fifteen grams of protein.
Being that this was a very basic recipe of vanilla yogurt and toasted almonds, there's really not a lot to say here. The yogurt itself was especially creamy, almost like a soft serve ice cream, which was sort of awesome. The yogurt then carried a strong scent of wonderful vanilla, so that was great too. The toasted almonds were broken up into BB size chunks and outside of that, they were just almonds. Nothing of note there. When I mixed the two together though, there was something of note and that was that there were a lot more almonds than I first recognized when I looked at them on their own. After stirring, it would be pretty much impossible to get a spoonful without almonds. That's a good job by YoCrunch on that one as they clearly got their ratios correct. Being that mix-ins are their thing, they've certainly had lots of practice on that.
As I took my first spoonful, I wasn't expecting to be knocked off my feet. All I expected was a pleasant tasting and well done cup of Greek yogurt and that's absolutely what I got. The vanilla flavor was just right and did a nice job canceling out the ordinary tang that Greek yogurt can sometimes have. One thing that was interesting was the taste of the yogurt itself. For lack of a better way to describe it, I'll just say that it had an almost cream cheesy taste to it. At first, that seemed kind of bizarre, but I actually grew to like it quite a bit. As for the almonds, well, they were almonds and that's that. Their abundance added nice crunch to every spoonful and that did a good job breaking up what could have potentially been a monotonous cup of yogurt. Like I said, this was not a ground breaking cup of yogurt but it was well done.
Buy It or Fly By It? This was well done and had good flavor, especially for such a basic recipe, so it gets a BUY IT rating. This is a good first entry for the Yopa! product line into the blog and it certainly has made me curious to try out some of the others to see if they can be equally or more successful.